Health authorities in Switzerland dismissed rumors about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine causing the death.
“Clarifications by cantonal health authorities and swissmedic [the Swiss drugs regulator] determined that, as a result of the illness history and disease course, a link between the death and the COVID-19 vaccine was highly unlikely,” Reuters reports. Authorities further stated that "neither the medical history nor the acute course of disease suggests a direct causal link between the COVID-19 vaccine and the death," reported DW news.
Responding to this incident, Pfizer said, "Serious adverse events, including deaths that are unrelated to the vaccine, are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population of elderly and at-risk individuals who are currently being prioritized for vaccination."
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